但是

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Chinese[edit]

 
but; yet; however; only; merely; still
be; yes; this
simp. and trad.
(但是)
anagram 是但

Pronunciation[edit]


Conjunction[edit]

但是

  1. but; however
    筆記本雖然外形但是功能差別 [MSC, trad.]
    笔记本虽然外形但是功能差别 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè liǎng tái bǐjìběn suīrán wàixíng hěn xiàng, dànshì gōngnéng shàng què chābié hěn dà. [Pinyin]
    Although these two notebooks look very similar, their functions are quite different.
    雖然第一但是一點驕傲 [MSC, trad.]
    虽然第一但是一点骄傲 [MSC, simp.]
    Wáng Xiùyīng suīrán kǎo le dìyī, dànshì tā yīdiǎn yě bù jiāo'ào. [Pinyin]
    Although Wang Xiuying scored first in the exam, she was not at all arrogant about it.

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 但是 (“but; however”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 但是可是不過然而
Mandarin Beijing 但是可是不過
Taiwan 但是可是不過
Cantonese Guangzhou 但係不過之不過之但係
Hong Kong 但係不過之不過之但係
Taishan 但係
Hakka Meixian 但係
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 但係毋過
Liudui (S. Sixian) 但係毋過
Hsinchu (Hailu) 但係毋過
Dongshi (Dabu) 但係毋過
Hsinchu (Raoping) 但係毋過
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 毋過
Min Dong Matsu 但是
Min Nan Xiamen 但是毋過毋句不過不而過
Quanzhou 但是毋句不過不而過
Zhangzhou 但是毋過不過不而過
Taipei 但是毋過不而過
Penang tapi但是
Singapore tapi
Medan tapi
Wu Shanghai 但是必過不過

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike in English, in Chinese it is customary for 雖然虽然 (suīrán, “although”) to be followed by 但是 (dànshì, “but; however”).

Adverb[edit]

但是

  1. (literary) merely by; just by ... alone